Ageing with Choice

Shelter WA welcomes the announcement from the Minister for Housing and the Minister for Seniors and Ageing, of a new State Government directions paper detailing how best to address the housing needs of older Western Australians.

The report, Ageing with Choice, will drive the direction for the whole of State government, the property industry and the community sector to help older Western Australians, particularly those on low to moderate incomes, to access affordable, manageable and stable homes in their community of choice.

Ageing with Choice will complement the pending State’s 10-Year Strategy on Homelessness and State Housing Strategy 2020-2030. Ageing with Choice is focussed on independent living options, not residential aged care, which is a Commonwealth responsibility.

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Shelter WA CEO, Michelle Mackenzie said “older people struggle to access appropriate social and affordable housing and, in many cases can struggle to maintain their tenure, particularly in the private rental market.

“Without personal savings, limited or no superannuation earnings, older Western Australians have minimal capacity to cover increases in housing and living costs,” Michelle said.

Shelter WA looks forward to working with government, industry and the community sector on an integrated approach to housing and service responses for older people, while also building rich, diverse, age-friendly communities designed to reduce social isolation and keep people connected to their community.

For more information about Ageing with Choice click here.

FAST FACTS

• The number of people in WA aged 65 or over is projected to grow by 40 per cent to more than 500,000 by 2026.
• Between 2006 and 2016, the number of people aged 55 to 64 with a mortgage increased nearly 80 per cent to over 95,000.
• In 2016, 45 per cent of private renters aged 65 or over were experiencing housing stress.
• Older people aged 65 or over make up 34 per cent of main tenants in public housing.

Media Contact: Michelle Mackenzie, CEO: 0419 931 819.